Courses by Requirement

Check your Degree Progress Report for graduation requirements fulfilled for the current Academic Year.

A student must complete all of the following to be eligible for graduation from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law:

  • Foundations of Legal Research (1 credit)
    Must be taken during the second year. Three sections of this course will be offered each Fall semester.
    LAW 5386: Foundations of Legal Research >
  • Legal Profession (Ethics)
    Courses satisfying the Legal Profession requirement provide substantial instruction in the values, rules, and responsibilities of the legal profession and its members.
    Legal Profession >
  • Upper Level Legal Writing Requirement (ULW)
    This requirement is satisfied by a paper of substantial length requiring the student to explore, on the basis of significant research in legal sources, the interrelationships of issues presented in a complex context, and must be fulfilled through a seminar, legal writing independent study or other course specifically designated as meeting the upper-level writing requirement. Only members of the full-time faculty may supervise papers to satisfy the ULW requirement. A paper must receive a grade of B- or better to satisfy the ULW requirement.
    Upper-Level Writing >
  • Writing Requirement ("W")
    This requirement is fulfilled by completing either 1) a second/separate seminar, legal writing independent study, or course meeting the upper level legal writing (ULW) requirement as described above or 2) one course designated as satisfying the W requirement. Students must receive a grade of B- or better to satisfy the W requirement.
    W” Writing >
  • Professional Skills requirement
    Each student must receive at least 2 credits of substantial instruction in professional skills generally regarded as necessary for effective and responsible participation in the legal profession. THIS APPLIES TO STUDENTS ADMITTED TO PITT LAW IN THE FALL OF 2015 AND EARLIER.  To know which classes fulfill the requirement, please run your Advisement Report, and see the Law School Registrar's Office with any questions.
    Professional Skills >
  • Experiential Learning (For the Class of 2019 and thereafter)
    Beginning with the Class of 2019 (i.e., students admitted to Pitt Law in the Fall 2016 term), the Professional Skills requirement will be replaced by a new Experiential Learning requirement. Each student must complete at least 6 credits of experiential courses that engage students in performance of the experiential skills generally regarded as necessary for effective and responsible participation in the legal profession. This requirement supercedes the Professional Skills requirement.
    Experiential Learning >
  • International/Comparative Law requirement
    Each student must complete an international law/comparative law course in the second or third year, choosing from a menu of courses designated as satisfying the international/comparative law requirement.
    International / Comparative >